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Associate Director of Campus Safety

Institution name: Willamette University

Title: Associate Director of Campus Safety

Job location: OR

Job category: AVP/Campus Chief/Public Safety (Department Leader) positions


Posting date: 2022-10-21 00:00:00

End date: 2022-12-01 00:00:00

Instructions for Applicants:

Please read the following carefully before beginning the online application process.

To be considered for employment at Willamette University, please complete our online employment application. Your application and all required attachments -- listed at the bottom of the page -- must be submitted for each individual job post that you are interested in applying for. If there is an application deadline, please ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline. Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit your application.


Position Summary:

The Associate Director of Campus Safety provides supervision to the University’s Campus Safety officers and assists the Director with the oversight of the security systems, ID card services, parking, transportation and university emergency response. This is done in accordance with all applicable University policies and procedures, as well as federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Work involves a wide variety of complex duties and responsibilities in the area of the University's Campus Safety activities on both the Salem and Portland (PNCA) campus. Requires a high degree of interpersonal and communication skills to exchange information. The position actively collaborates with a broad array of internal and external stakeholders, including administrators, students, faculty and staff, law enforcement and public safety agencies, to develop and implement comprehensive services and programs for the safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the property of Willamette. All work of the Associate Director and the department is performed with the highest ethical standards, as well as inclusivity, transparency, and accountability.

The Associate Director of Campus Safety undertakes their job responsibilities primarily as an educator supporting the institutional mission of student success and community enrichment. This is not a law enforcement position.

Incumbent directly supervises seven to ten persons and indirectly supervises Campus Safety personnel at the Portland campus. Incumbent is required to drive and travel both on and off campus, in Salem and Portland.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Supervise campus safety officers in Portland and Salem and assist the Director in providing oversight of the day-to-day campus safety and security processes and programs to support a comprehensive strategy for protecting the security of members of the Willamette community, guests, facilities, and infrastructure.

  • Coordinate investigations and security surveys by reviewing all incident reports on a daily basis to determine the appropriate investigation and follow up. Report concerning incidents to the Director and other designated administrators. 

  • Conduct briefings with staff as needed and maintain a strong working knowledge of department policies and procedures. 

  • Participates in proactive campus safety patrol, campus incident management, after hours on-call duty, and any other campus safety tasks as needed. These include, but are not limited to campus enforcement activities; the safe movement of pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, campus vehicles and other forms of transportation, or college property; and the development and execution of safety plans for key campus and community events (e.g. Commencement, opening days).

  • Refer suspected criminal activity and investigations to the appropriate law enforcement agencies consistent with university and higher education standards.

  • In times of emergency, assist the Director who serves as Incident Commander in the University’s Emergency Response Plan.

  • Establish strong collaborative external working relationships with relevant agencies in the Salem and Portland communities and local stakeholders; crisis intervention services and communications; police, fire as needed.

  • Establish and maintain strong and collaborative working relationships with campus colleagues and offices; identify potential services or processes that may enhance and support safety on campus.

  • Collaborate with Salem and Portland Fire and Police Departments; the Oregon State Police; regional Emergency Managers; and other public safety agencies as necessary to ensure timely sharing of information, opportunities for training, and professional development. 

  • Investigates vehicle and other accidents occurring on University property. Write reports documenting findings.

  • Interact with faculty, staff and students in special event and activity planning. Work with security staff to provide support with regard to scheduling and administrative needs for special events on campus. 

  • Monitors and assists with safety programs for the Willamette community.

  • Investigates and inspects employee safety concerns; investigates accidents; analyzes and proposes a course of action to correct or improve safety conditions on the campus. Work closely with facilities, University Risk Manager (HR) and other constituents to improve university safety concerns.

  • Administers, monitors and further develops the Safe Driver Program by maintaining records of involved drivers and DMV driving records and communicates with participants.



Individuals must possess these knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the duties and responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. The individual is expected to follow University work rules and policies.

  • High school diploma.

  • Minimum of four years previous experience in the field of safety or security or up to three years of college can be substituted for safety/security experience.

  • Valid OR driver’s license (within 30 days).

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 

  • Experience in investigative techniques.

  • One year previous experience in a supervisory position.

  • Ability to manage and lead in a complex, rapidly changing environment.

  • Knowledge and support for the University's mission.  

  • Ability to take a customer service-oriented and educational approach when dealing with students and the public.  

  • The ability to remain calm in crisis situations, to act decisively, and apply sound judgment in determining appropriate actions.

  • Ability to motivate, supervise, and develop staff.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of University personnel and students, and to create a respectful and inclusive workplace.  

  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public, as well as de-escalate conflict and communicate effectively.

  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

  • Must maintain certification of all Campus Safety officers with valid Private Security Officer certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.  The following are requirements from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training for certification as a Campus Security Officer:

  • Graduation or its equivalent to completion from a senior high school.

  • Free from any felony criminal conviction and most misdemeanor convictions.

  • Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment.      

  • An employer-paid pre-employment physical is required. The physical examination must certify that an applicant is able to walk, ride a bicycle, drive a vehicle, and physically restrain another person, as necessary.

  • Successful clearance of a criminal conviction record check.

  • Ability to work independently as well as demonstrate ability to promote successful community relations with co-workers, the campus community and the public.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Experience working at an institution of higher education.


Salary: $64,861


Typical Work Schedule:

Regular office hours are established between 8 am - 5 pm during weekdays. A flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends, may be necessary due to the nature of the responsibilities. The Director and Associate Director rotate after-hours, on-call coverage to support emergency situations.


Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

The Associate Director rotates after-hour on-call responsibilities with the Director to respond to emergencies and must be capable of working flexible hours as necessary to support the 24-hour function of the department. The Associate Director must respond to campus for emergencies or special details and work within an environment of changing deadlines and priorities. 

May require exposure to adverse environmental conditions as experienced in the performance of essential functions in an outdoor setting, including such conditions as extreme temperatures, inclement weather, noise, dust, dim lighting, and other unfavorable conditions as required. May also be exposed to a variety of hazards due to the nature of their functions as the Associate Director of Campus Safety.


All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.


You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:

  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis

  • Current Resume


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with priority given to applications received by November 15th. Reviewing of applications will continue until position is filled.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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